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On This Day: July 12th

This is 193rd day of the year and 172 days remain in the year.

in history
1543
England's King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr.
1690
Protestant William of Orange defeated Roman Catholic James II at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland.
1862
Congress authorized the Medal of Honor.
1960
The first Etch-A-Sketch went on sale.
1979
Kiribati, formerly the Gilbert Islands, gained its independence from the United Kingdom.
1984
Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale became the first major-party candidate to choose a woman as a running mate when he announced his choice of Geraldine Ferraro.
1984
Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale announced his choice of running-mate, Geraldine Ferraro; Ferraro is first woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket.
July 12 BirthdaysHenry David Thoreau

1817–62, American author and naturalist, born in Concord, Massachusetts, graduate of Harvard, 1837.


Malala Yousafzaipeace activist
Andrew Wyethpainter
Bill Cosbycomedian
Kristi Yamaguchifigure skater
Amedeo Modiglianipainter
Oscar Hammerstein, 2dlyricist
Pablo Nerudapoet, diplomat
Josiah Wedgwoodpotter
George Eastmaninventor, industrialist
R. Buckminster FullerNAME>architect and engineer



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